Wear and tear, overuse, repetitive actions which are damaging for the parts of the elbow, problems like bursitis, and sports or other forms of injury may all be responsible for elbow pain. The symptoms include sharp pains while carrying out certain activities that put stress and pressure on the elbow, stiffness and inflammation.
HOW IS ELBOW PAIN DIAGNOSED?
Typically, elbow pain may be diagnosed by a physical check-up. An x-ray may be taken by a general physician to investigate if there are any fractures or ligament loss that is causing the pain.
HOW IS ELBOW PAIN TREATED?
Most elbow disorders require conservative treatment. Surgery is a last resort if your symptoms don't improve. The treatment options include:
• non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
• physical therapy
• bracing or immobilization
• steroid injections
• elbow padding
• surgical treatments
DID YOU KNOW?
Elbow pain could also signify tumors in the area - although rare -it is possible that it could be cancerous too.